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AWMU BAPTIST ffiSTORKAt SMETY 



PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



FIFTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MULBERRY 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH 



MULBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH, 



SIXTEEN MILES WEST OF CENTERVILLE, 



BIBB COUNTY, ALA. 



SEPTEMBER 24 & 26, 1881. 



OFFICERS: 

F. M. Hobson Moderator. 

R. M. Huneycutt ....'. '. Clerk. 



The next session of this body will be held with Providence Church, five 
miles north of Jamison. Chilton County, Alabama, Saturday before the fourth 
Lord's day in September, 1882. 



JOHN L. WBST 



SELInLA., ALAi I 
ft CO., PRIMT»HS AMD PUBLISHERS. 
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PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



FIFTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MULBERRY 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH 

MULBERRY BAPTIST CHURCH, 

SIXTEEN MILES WEST OF CENTERVILLE, 

BIBB COUNTY, ALA. 
SEPTEMBER- 24 & 26, 1881. 

OFFICERS: 

F. M. Hobson / t«c„j 

• Moderator. 

, R. M. Huneycutt Clerk 



The next session of this body will.be held with Providence Church fi 
miles north of Jamison. Chilton County, Alabama, Saturday before the foui 
- Lord s day in September, 1882. 



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fourth 



SELMA, ALA. : 

JOHN L. WIST & CO., PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS. 
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MINUTES' 



Saturday, September 24, 1881. 

The churches of the Mulberry Baptist Association met by their 
delegates with the Mulberry Baptist Church, 16 miles west of Cen- 
terville, Bibb County, Alabama, it being the fifty-fourth annual 
meeting of the body. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder F. M. Hob- 
son, from the 13th chapter and 34th, 35th verses of the Gospel by 
John: "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one 
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this 
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to 
another." 

A recess was then given for dinner, after which Elder F. M. 
Hobson, the former Moderator, called the Association to- 
gether, and after singing, prayer was offered by the Moderator, 
who then called the body to order and appointed Brethren John 
G. Lowery and William Bishop to read the letters from the 
churches. 

The letters were read and names of delegates enrolled as follows: 

Union— William J. Greathouse, A. J. Fair, J. R. Wiggins, 
Henry Thompson. 

Springhill— B. F. Boggs, Levi Barnett* Charles W. Arnold, 

Robert Arnold * 
. Macedonia — D Z. Marchant, F. C. Compton,* Lindsey Moore, 
Manuel Gibson, Young Nix * 

Shady Grove — E. W. Chapman* Joseph Helton * James Smith- 
ermon, Alfred Smithermon.* 

Centerhill— Z. W. Langston, R. J. Lan^ston,* W. B. Scott, 
Thomas Cleckler * 

Pleasant Grove— James Thomas * Albert T. Patterson,* Sutton 
Smithermon,* John Gothard. 

South Sandy— J. T. Sumers, J. B. Thompson, David Dockery,* 
Sidney Dockery.* 

Providence— R. At. Honeycuit, John B. Milstead, James Lucus, 
George W. Howldich, J. B. Martin, John Boyd,* H N. Beasley. 

Antioch— /. At. Langston, A. J. Woolley, O. J. Cottingham, 
Daniel Ward* H. L. Woolley, W. H. Thomas, Jourdan Risinger,* 

Z. J. Corley. _ 

Mulbefy— Elzia Fikes. W. H. Holman, J. W. Caddell, A. D. 

Fikes.* 



Eliotts Creek— M. T. Jenkins * A. Mitchel, VVilliam Phipps * 

Pine Flat— William D Latner, J. T. Smelley. 

Haysop— IV. G Hubbard, J R Robbinson, W. T. Murphey* 
R. M. Brown, M. P. Champion, J. W. Hubbard* 

Rehoboth— /. M Hicks, Thomas Collins, M. F. Lawley,* G M. 
Woolley, Thomas Siliman. 

Liberty— F. M. Hobson, J. H. Deweese, E. H. Haigler, J. R. 
Hobson.* 

[Note — Names of ordained ministers in Italics; absentees 
marked *. 

Then proceeded to elect a Moderator and Clerk, to serve in the 
present session. Elder F. M. Hobson was elected Moderator, and 
R. M. Honeyctitt, Clerk • 

The Constitution, Abstract of Principles and Rules of Decorum 
were then read. 

Ministers not messengers, were then invited to scats with us. 

Opened the door for churches 

Then appointed the following committees: 

On devotion— J. H. Deweese, Thomas Collins, J. B. Milstead, 
with Deacons of Mulberry Church. 

On Arrangement of business— W. G Hubbard, I- M. Hicks, O. 
J. Cottingham, with Moderator and Clerk. 

On Finance — E C. Haigler, Z. J. Corley, Z. W. Langston 

On Sabbath Schools and Documents — J. H. Deweese, J. M. 
Langston and A. J. Woolley. 

Opened the door for correspondence. Received correspondence 
as follows: . * 

From Cahaba Association — Brethren . William Bishop, R S. 
Jones. 

From Tuscaloosa Association — J. W. Loveless, J. G. Lowery, J. 
H. Payne, with letters and minutes. 

From Harmony Association— Elder S V. McGinnis, R, H. 
Blake, with minutes. 

On motion, returned correspondence as follows: 

To Tuscaloosa Association — Malcom Morrison, E. C. Haigler, 
William Holman, James Wiggins, F. M. Hobson. 

To Harmony Association — W. G. Hubbard, M. P. Champion 
and F. M. Hobson. 

To Cahaba Association — I. M. Hicks, J. M. Langston. 

To Unity Association— A. J. Woolley and J. M. Langston. 

Devotional Committee offered the following report: 

Elder W. G.Hubbard to conduct prayer meeting; Sabbath morning, 9 o'clock; 
Elder William Bishop to preach at n, followed by Brother J. H. Payne; Rev. 
S. V. McGinnis to preach at 2 p. m., followed by Rev. R. S. Jones. 

By motion, adjourned until 9 a. m., Monday. 



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SABBATH. 
Prayer meeting was conducted by W. G. Hubbard, in which the 
presence of the Lord was manifest, indeed. Brother Bishop 
preached at n from the 27th chapter and a part of the 42nd verse 
of the Gospel by Matthew, "He saved others; himself He cannot 
save." I he brother preached an excellent sermon in which the 
Christains were fed and sinners were warned The meeting was 
concluded with prayer by Brother Payne, and singing 

A recess was again given for dinner, after which Brother McGin- 
nis preached from 10th chapter and 2 7jth verse of the Gospel by 
St John, "My sheep hear my voice and I know, them, and they 
follow me, and I give unto them eternal life." 4 

The congregation was disturbed by rain, but we feel sure from 
the signs shown in the congregation that good was done by the 
faithful labors of the day. 

MONDAY. 
The Association met according to adjournment. After singing 
prayer was offered by Elder I. M Hicks The Moderator then 
called the body to order and called f< r report of committee on ar- 
rangement of business, which was offered and received and the 
business taken up accordingly. 

Called the roll and marked absentees (See table ) 
Opened the door for correspondence 

On motion, the following brethren were appointed to write the 
corresponding letters to the sister Associations: 
To Tuscaloosa Association- E C. Haigler 
To Harmony Association — W G. Hubbard. 
To Cahaba Association — I. M. Hicks. 
To Unity Association —J. M. Langston. 
Report on Miss on s read and adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON MISSIONS. 
We, your committee to whom was entrusted the importance of the Mission 
work, beg leave to report that we view it as a work of no small importance, 
and aie sorry to see so little care manifested by our churches in this great cause. 
Therefore we earnestly urge them to take som; part in this work, and to say 
in their letters how much money has_been given by them to the various 
Missionary causes for which our State Board is at work. It proposes to raise 
$9,000 for the State Mission work, and our pro rata share is $104.00, which is 
about ten cents to each member. We urge this Association to raise that little 
sum between now and the time the Convention meets, which will be in Tulv. 
1882. J ' 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. H. DEWEESE, Chairman. 

On motion, the following resolution was adopted: 
Resolved, That we as an Association request the deacons of each church to 
lay before their respective churches the cause and claims of the State Mission 
Board and urge upon them to assist the Board in carrying on their work, and to 
send any funds that may be offered to T. M. Bailey, Secretary of the State 
Board, Marion, Alabama. 



Report of committee on Indigen. 
for and received, as follows: 

J. H. Deweese in first District reports 
reports that he has been amply cared for 

Brother A.I. Woolley in second Distri 
a bled No report from third District. 

On motion, the same brethren 



and Worndown Ministers,called 

rother A. J. Russel as disabled: also 
>i the church and friends. 
• -eporis Brother William Cohran dis- 

vere continued on that com- 
mittee for the next year: I. H. De\ ^ese, A. J. Woolley and W. H. 
Allen 

, On motion, a public collection w.. taken up for those ministers 
and money divided between them By information Brother James 
Allen in 3rd District was included $11.15 was collected 
.Antioch church sent up $11.50, which was also divided between 
the three brethren 

By motion, adjourned 45 minutes for dinner. 

Wukrras this Association has closed i last few sessions in disorder and 
confusion on account of the delegates' l< iving before the business was com- 
pleted, we your committee on Arrangement 
not be a remedy found for this. 

Resolved, therefore, that the Moderat< 
until the work is completed, and that if a 
Moderator their names be crossed as a' 

( 'ommittee on Finance reported {► r.75 received form the church- 
es for minutes and Associational pi poses 

Committee on Sabbath Schools ai i Documents offered the fol- 
lowing report, which was received a <! committee discharged: 

We, your committee on Sabbath School- ud Documents, beg leave to report. 
On examining the letters from the churcho we find that Antioch church has 
sent up $11.50 to be equally divided among Indigent and Worndown Ministers 
in our Association, and we find nothing el-c that claims our attention, only 
some of the churches have reported graciou> evivals. We are gratified to find 
that some of our churches report flourishing Sabbath Schools, while, at the 
same time we are sorrv that so many have 1 ne or at least reported none. We 
ur^c upon the church, s that have no Sabl ith Schools to organize them and 
report them in their letters. 

Ke>pecifully submit 1 '. 



request the body to see if there can 

equest all the delegates to remain 
/ leave without permission of the 
^ntees. 



I. M. LANGSTON, Chairman 

body meets with Providence 
lton County, Alabama, on 



On motion, the next session of th 
church, 5 miles north of Jamison, i 

Saturday before the fourth Lord's d v in September, 1882. Elder 
O J Cottingham to preach the Introductory Sermon; Elder I. M. 
Hicks, alternate. 

On motion, 700 copies of these minutes be printed and 50 
reserved for correspondence, the CK 1 c to superintend the printing 
of the minutes and pay all expenses printing and sending the 
minutes, and he receive the remaindi for his services. 

The following brethren were ap] rinted distributing agents: 
First District, E. C Haigler;, Minut * sent to Clements Station, 
Tuscaloosa County. Second, O J. ( ttingham; Minutes sent to 
Six Mile, Bibb County. The Clerk i the third District. 



On motion, the following brethren were appointed as delegates 
to the State Convention held at Huntsville, Alabama: Elders J. M. 
Langston, F. M. Hobson and R M. Honeycutt 

On motion, the Association advise the churches in our union to 
use in their Sabbath Schools our' own denominational books 

Resolved, that the thanks of this Association be tendered to Mulbery Church 
and vicinity around for the generous manner in which they provided for tne 
Association. 

The Association having finished all the business before her, on 
motion, adjourned to meet at the time and place above mentioned 
Prayer by Brother J. M Langston. 

R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk, F. M. HOBSON, Moderator 



The next meeting of the First District will be held with South 
Sandy Church, commencing on Saturday before the 2nd Lord's 
day in September, 1882 Introductory Sermon preached by Elder 
F. M. Hobson; Elder A. J. Fair, alternate. 

First subject for discussion: "What relation do the older 
members of the church sustain towards the younger, and what is 
their duty toward them? Opened by J. H. Deweese 

Second: In what way can we best improve the spiritualitv of 
our churches? Opened by A. J. Mayfield. 

The next meeting of the Second District will be held with Shady 
Grove church, Friday before the third Sabbath in August, 1882 
First subject for discussion: "Was the Law of giving our sub- 
stance for the support of the Gospel ever nullified? Opened by M 
C- Thomas and J. J. Hicks. Second: In what sense does the 
Christian walk by faith? Opened by A. J. Woolley and J. E. 
Chapman. Elder I. M. Hicks to preach the Introductory Sermon; 
Elder J. M. Langston, alternate 

The next meeting of the Third District will be held with Cen- 
terville Church, on Saturday before the second Lord's day in 
August, 1882. Rev. W. G Riggins to preach the Introductory 
Sermon; James Allen, alternate. Subject: "What constitutes a 
good Deacon? Opened by W. H. Allen and J. J. Honeycutt. 



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